Lights, Camera, Christmas! (2022 Hallmark)

Lights, Camera, Christmas LightsCameraChristmas_175_RT.jpg Talent: Kimberly Sustad, John Brotherton Photo Credit: ©2022 Hallmark Media/Photographer: David Astorga

Lights, Camera, Christmas! (2022 Hallmark)

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Cast: Kimberley Sustad, John Brotherton

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Synopsis (via Hallmark)

When a holiday rom-com movie shooting in her town needs a costume designer, Kerry, a local shop owner, steps into the role. While working on the movie, she rediscovers her passion for costume design and finds herself falling for Brad, the film’s famous leading man.

Recap/Wine Thoughts

The movie starts after a screening of My Favorite Santa. The cast is on stage for a Q&A. The very self-centered Bradley Baxter is the hunk of TV Christmas movies, and Mariah Martez is the young starlet is there too. Nancy and Kerry are in the audience and ask the first question. Nancy basically pimps her daughter Kerry on stage because she designed the costumes for the film. Kerry reluctantly goes on stage to tell the behind-the-scenes story of the movie.

Cut to months earlier, and Kerry is walking down the street when Baxter takes her phone from her hands to make a call. She is annoyed that he is a total jerk.

Kerry lives with her mother, and they also work at Kerry’s clothing store. Kerry’s business is troubled, and she is behind on rent. Kerry stays up late to work on finances as her mother decorates for Christmas. Nancy is thrilled that a Christmas movie is filming in their town. 

When the costume designer quits, the producer, Caleb, buys out Kerry’s whole store and asks her to come to the set to help with the first fitting. Kerry is unsure what she is doing but goes along with it. Brad tells Kerry about the scene, and he is mesmerizing, except for the fact that she thinks he is a jerk. Things turn around when the fitting goes well and Brad recommends Kerry to take over as the costume designer.

Kerry doesn’t know how the handle the bickering between the director (Jill) and producer (Caleb.) They are divorced and locked into this final picture in their deal. The PA, Jamie, translates between the two. 

The dailys come in, and the network hates the Santa suit that Brad wears in the movie. They want something more sexy and stylish. Kerry whips up a costume very quickly, and the network loves it. 

Kerry ties to learn more about Brad by watching his Christmas movies. She bakes her dad’s cookies while she does and has a hard time because he father has recently passed away. Feeling nostalgic, Kerry looks through her fashion design sketches from college and thinks about what could have been.

The filming takes a weekend break, and Brad practically invites himself over for dinner. He is charming, but instead of Hollywood, he is genuinely himself, and it seems he is a fan of Christmas. Kerry is warming up to him as well. After dinner, Kerry impulsively applies for a job in New York.

Brad asks Kerry out on a date with a cheesy note, like in middle school. The date is on the set, and Brad pulls out all the stops. 

While they are filming the part in the Christmas movie where the actors have to choose, Brad takes a role in London. He asks Kerry to come with him as a costume designer, but she also has an interview with a fashion house in New York. Brad doesn’t make Kerry choose. He supports her career aspirations.

A fire happens on set, and a hot hot fireman comes to save the day. He also shuts down filming. Kerri offers her store as an alternate filming location to get the movie finished. Everyone comes together like a good movie set does. 

Kerry gets the job, but she turns it down; Brad also turns down his London movie. Kerry misunderstands the gesture and thinks Brad forgot that he offered her a place to belong and told her that she is made to work in film. Kerry is heartbroken and cries to her mom. 

Back at the screening, we learn that Caleb and Jill are working on a six-film deal, Mariah is playing the first ever female Santa Clause, and Brad DID go to London. But what happened to Kerri?!

The movie flashes to the last day of filming, and Kerri is still a wreck. Caleb and Jill offer to keep her as their production costume designer in LA. Then they all drive away. Kerri does move to LA and works on more movies as a costume designer. 

At an after-party, Brad talks to Kerri and tells her how she inspired him. He apologizes to Kerri and tells her that he ran when things go too real. They make up and kiss, then Kerri turns to the camera and winks. 

Side Note

The movie within the movie looks hilariously bad. Brad winks at the end of every movie?!?! Really? Haha

Minority Report: Mayor, PA Jamie, 

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Overall rating

Christmas Feels

🎄🎄🎄 (3 Christmas Trees) 

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine.)

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